Friday, January 29, 2010

Pembroke and Glens set to make headlines

Seconds out, round two of potentially four head-to-heads this season between Pembroke and Glenanne as the province’s top two over the past decade lock horns in this weekend’s stand-out Irish Senior Cup tie

The pendulum regularly swings from the sublime – last season’s IHL final – to the ridiculous – the card-fest in the ISC semi-final last Spring – but always creates the major talking points.

Pembroke have had the edge, winning at Serpentine Avenue pre-Christmas and winning the two afore-mentioned ties on penalties, and have David Harte back between the posts with injury and exams behind him.

For the Glens, Steven Doran still has a cracked rib to contend with but showed few ill effects with a couple of excellent saves last week against Rovers in the IHL.

Gary and Graham Shaw were both excellent that day while Stephen Butler and Joe Brennan are building a formidable central defensive paring. Snuffing out a resurgent Justin Sherriff and the obvious Alan Sothern threat will be key while, if Tim Lewis continues in midfield, his battle with Graham Shaw could catch the eye.
Ronan Gormley and Paddy Conlon are still in the Bahamas at a wedding.

Corinthian, meanwhile, play Cork C of I in another major test of their credentials as they look to add the scalp of Munster’s finest to the destruction of Cork Harlequins before Christmas.

CI are a different level, though, and John Jermyn’s brilliance will need to be countered by robust performances from Andrew Sutton, Chris Pelow and Henry Micks in the engine room. Darren Kimfley, Rowland Rixon-Fuller and Lucas Piccioli will look to use their nous to unlock the youthful Cork defence while Davy Carson has recovered from illness to take up his place in a full panel.

Three Rock compete in the third of the all-IHL ties to be played in Dublin in the second round, hosting Ulster champions, Cookstown.

The Co Tyrone club’s form offers up a bizarre quandary. For so long, Coolnafranky was the for the fortress on which back-to-back league titles was built. This term, with a new water-based pitch in situ, their home form has deteriorated but, conversely, they have been irresistible on their travels.

With David Ames, Colin Donaldson and Andy Barbour bringing the international class, they are unbeaten away from home, including a big win at Glenanne Park. Rovers are still a competitive unit but will be without Garry Ringwood due to exams while the game marks Ali Haughton’s last fixture before going travelling.

YMCA face a tough away day against Mourne men Kilkeel – their counterpart in the Ulster Premier in fifth spot – on their sand-based pitch.

It is Jacob Webber’s last game before returning to Australia while Richie Pedreschi could be back in contention after midweek exams ruled him out of the Pembroke tie. Charlie Carroll might be the man to make way as he picked up severe bruising on his arm on his return to senior hockey.

Monkstown face the longest trip, going all the way to Donegal to play Ulster’s bottom-placed side Raphoe while Fingal face Lisnagarvey for the fourth time in six years.

Instonians play Banbridge for the second time in six days looking to avenge last weekend’s 1-0 loss at Havelock Park while Mossley play Annadale in the Belfast derby.

In division two, Dublin Uni have their third attempt at ending Suttonians’ unbeaten run this term to keep any semblance of a mathematical chance of promotion in their sight.

Weston play Avoca, also the third time they have met, with the Blackrock side hoping the injury crisis that saw coach Mark Cullen named in the squad last week will be avoided.

On Sunday, the last pair of National Indoor Trophy finalists will be known as Avoca and Glenanne compete against sole Ulster entrants Belfast Harlequins.

Men’s Irish Senior Cup, round two (Saturday):
Corinthian v Cork C of I, 1.30pm, Whitechurch Park; Pembroke v Glenanne, 3pm, Serpentine Avenue; Raphoe v Monkstown, 1pm, Royal and Prior; Mossley v Annadale, TBC, The Glade; TRR v Cookstown, 3pm, Grange Road; Fingal v Lisnagarvey, 2.30pm, ALSAA; Kilkeel v YMCA, 1.30pm, McCauley Park; Instonians v Banbridge, 1pm, Shawsbridge.

Men’s Leinster Division Two:
Dublin University vs Suttonians, 10.45am, Grange Road; Weston vs Avoca, Griffeen Park, 2pm

Men’s National Indoor Trophy, Group IV (Sunday, DCU)
Avoca v Glenanne 1, 1.10pm; Belfast Harlequins v Glenanne 1, 2.15pm; Avoca v Belfast Harlequins, 3.20pm


Anonymous said...

tenner bets trinity bottle it against sutton 2mo!!! very early match 4 the students....prob wont wake till bout 10 mins to go in te match when they're 4-0 down

Anonymous said...

Stephen ye got to get a report on the high school temple match here it was a 10 goal triller

Anonymous said...

10.45am start????? What the heck is that about?

Stephen Findlater said...

I have the Temple scorers and the scoring sequence, don't have the completed High School scorers - if you have the details, let me know!

Anonymous said...

Fox in the box will be the leading foward on the day. Glens to win 3-1

Anonymous said...

Glens to win 4-2... and it been another classic..

Anonymous said...

tenner bets trinity bottle it against suttonians??? to bottle it would suggest they are favourites. the teams have played twice and sutton have won twice. sutton are also 9 points ahead with 2 games in hand.

Anonymous said...

glens to struggle imo - i hear that goulding is gone for good now, he was always a thorn for pembroke.

3 - 1 pembroke

Anonymous said...

to be honest trinity wud give sutton a seriuos go.....if they had the just sayin they will roll over as usual instead of actually trying to put it up to sutton!!!

Anonymous said...

sutton trinity called off due to frozen pitch

Anonymous said...

Corinthians beat C of I 4-3 on their top pitch, as the main one was still a bit frosty.

2-2 at half time, which was probably fair enough.

2 early goals in the 2nd half for the Reds pretty much killed off the game.
Corinthians played far better in the 2nd half, defensively in particular, and should have increased their tally to 5, 6 or 7, as CI were stretched trying to chase the game and Corinthians had a lot of clear-cut chances & breaks.

CI got a corner on the final whistle, to make it 4-3. Think JJ got 3 drags for Cork.